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The Esri Startup Program gives members access to Esri’s global user community - over 350,000 clients in 125 countries. Startups become Startup Partners within the Esri Partner Network, which includes more than 2,000 partners worldwide. More than 350 startups from around the world are already members of this growing community, and we hope you will join us too. 

What we’re looking for


Esri selects technology-focused startups able to articulate their product idea and product market fit. We're seeking startups who will build viable and high caliber solutions through adopting the ArcGIS platform. Consider how Esri can facilitate greater adoption of your solution.

Minimum qualifications

Build software products, as opposed to offering consulting services

Be founded less than three years from the date of application

Generate less than $1 million in annual revenue at the time of program entry

Align to Esri's strategic goals for the program

ArcGIS alignment

Esri basemaps included on presentation layers

Solutions developed using the most current version of ArcGIS

Use of ArcGIS as the system of record to store and maintain geographic information

Integration with Esri users' ArcGIS systems

Unique ArcGIS identities (named user model) for everyone accessing the platform

Business practices

A solid business strategy, backed by a capable team

Delivery of immediate value by configuring first and customizing second

Creation and registration of web maps, apps, and content

Guarantee customer success and technology ROI through continual guidance and long-term support

Commitment to support the GIS community

Application process


The application process consists of three steps:

  1. Submit qualifying questions and make program selection
  2. Login with an Esri Account
  3. Complete application details

Be prepared to provide startup company details, mapping experience, and solution details in the application. Remember, Startup Program participants must develop software-based products or content offerings (aligned to the ArcGIS platform) that will form a core piece of current or intended business. When applying, consider how the solution is going to drive the adoption of the ArcGIS platform.

Get started by visiting the Esri Partner Programs application and completing the initial qualification questions. Select ‘Partner Network: Startup’ and proceed to login with Esri credentials. If you don’t have an account, you can create one for free. Be sure you have an actively monitored email address to use in the application for status updates.

Once signed in, complete the application. Responses may be saved and completed in another session before submitting the form. If you experience issues, contact the Partner Resource Center.  

Selection and acceptance


Esri is committed to reviewing and responding to Startup Program applications within one month. Applications are carefully reviewed by Esri teams to ensure mutual success. If you have crucial information to be considered as part of the application review, please email startups@esri.com.

Acceptance into the program is at Esri’s sole discretion. The Esri team will inform you of your application status to the email address provided in the application. 

If accepted, you will receive a congratulatory application status notification email confirming eligibility. Partnership agreements for the Startup Program and Esri Partner Network will follow for eSignature. Both documents must be signed to complete the formal acceptance process. Once signed, a welcome email will follow, including all onboarding details to get started, including information about accessing software, support, and partner benefits.

If declined, the Esri team will provide recommendations on next steps in the application status notification email. 

Frequently asked questions

Are there any programmatic costs or fees?

No. Startup program benefits are provisioned at no cost for up-to three years. Annual review may be evaluated. No program fee is charged, nor do we take equity for participation in the program. Companies are responsible for fees incurred prior to acceptance, along with purchases or platform usage (credits) outside provided benefits.

In accordance with Esri’s Master Agreements; Products and Services Terms of Use, business alignment and a solution model, potentially including negotiated licensing pricing through a Sales Authorization may be required to allow startup partners to deliver Esri technology, including software, data, or online services, as part of an embedded, hosted, or bundled solution with ArcGIS.

What happens after the program?

In three years or less, our goal is for startups to advance in to the Esri Partner Network (EPN) as a more mature partner or continue as a longstanding customer. All program benefits expire upon graduation (agreement term-end date). Your company will need to purchase any required software thereafter. Special discount benefits may be provided to companies that qualify and advance as an Esri partner to EPN.

What if I need more software or resources?

Esri provides a startup software package which includes a robust array of ArcGIS product offerings, along with a variety of partner benefits outlined in the Esri Partner Network policies. Depending on your business vision, direction, and goals, the program team will work with you to ensure you have whatever you need to be successful.

Are there additional benefits available from other Esri partners?

Esri aligns with some of the world's leading companies in our Global Alliance program. It's possible that we support startup benefits through some of those partnerships, like AWS Activate. We also engage independently with programs such as, CivStartAustin Technology Incubator, and others. Please contact us for more information or partnership interest.

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